Media General

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Media General Reviews

Updated 17 November 2014
Updated 17 November 2014
59 Reviews
2.9
59 Reviews
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Media General President, CEO, and Director Marshall N. Morton
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38 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • good pay and benefits, flexible schedules (in 3 reviews)

  • Active TV news industry; Health Insurance Better than Average; Vacation Days; High (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Crying out to upper management for help produced no results (in 3 reviews)

  • Still a newspaper, old school mindset to doing business that has been dead for at least 15 years (in 5 reviews)

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good products terrible senior management

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    Former Employee - Broadcast and Interactive Sales Manager in Myrtle Beach, SC (US)
    Former Employee - Broadcast and Interactive Sales Manager in Myrtle Beach, SC (US)

    I worked at Media General full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Worked mostly on broadcast television and online side in sales as both an AE then management and they have valuable advertising products. They also value their clients and focus on service is good at the local level

    Cons

    Still a newspaper, old school mindset to doing business that has been dead for at least 15 years. Too much old guard in decision making roles

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in identifying and developing your local and general sales managers. As these people go so go your sales revenue. Additionally break down the walls between on air, creative, engineering and sales, crazy how little we were allowed to collaborate inter department.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Account Executive

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in Lake Norman of Catawba, NC (US)
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Lake Norman of Catawba, NC (US)

    I worked at Media General full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people. Good pay. Very good management. Loved working there. Wish I was still working there.

    Cons

    In sales the down side is always missing goals. But, the goals were pretty fair.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Happy with management

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Career employee that left after seeing the same old mistakes and don't care attitude by Mgmt.

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    Former Employee - Engineering in Savannah, GA (US)
    Former Employee - Engineering in Savannah, GA (US)

    I worked at Media General full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Some of the stations did let their employees go early on holidays and had station parties.

    Cons

    pay is not the best, the management is terrible ( good old boys network alive and well ), people who were in tight with "movers and shakers" got key jobs that otherwise would never get even considered, lots of pressure to "produce" and watching consultants parade in and out of the stations giving them the same tired and unproductive advice and walking out with LOADS of cash

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit worrying about YOUR pockets and start worrying about your employee's pockets. You worry about cost, yet your poor pay and conditions force employees to leave. You then hire a new person and they make mistakes and errors in learning that cost you MONEY.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    I worked at a station under Media General.

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    Former Employee - Business Department
    Former Employee - Business Department

    I worked at Media General full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    They usually would let employees leave a little early the day before holidays, pretty good pay, great insurance, and pretty good paid time off.

    Cons

    The biggest con is the management at the station level. Crying out to upper management for help produced no results. Management needs to be firm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees. The reason many are leaving is due to management. Hello! Why would employees be looking for other jobs! Please, MG, look in the mirror.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Bait and switch

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Media General

    Pros

    Good ratings in the industry, fair benefits

    Cons

    They have a great "pitch" to get you on board. Beware of the details they don't share. Be sure to ask how many people are there this year versus last year. Management style is from the '50's. The "boys club" reigns and double standard is rampant: men vs women. The exception is the female senior manager that has even the rank and file quaking in their boots; just because she can. They have absolutely no sense of customer service either. Digital journalists are hired and fired with not even 90 days to prove themselves. They do not have a progressive disciplinary policy; no warnings, just " they are gone" with little or no reason.
    Absolutely without doubt, the most inefficient, poorly managed operation I have ever encountered.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I can't begin to give advice. My advice to applicants regardless of job function is look elsewhere.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Ok Place

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Media General full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great boss to work for, promoted several times. Was able to work with the growing digital group.

    Cons

    Downsizing, good ole boys (promote those who aren't qualified to find a space for them. Few female leaders. Terrible CEO

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Took too long to realize and make needed changes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Locked in the movie "ground hog day"

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    Former Employee - Sales in Spartanburg, SC (US)
    Former Employee - Sales in Spartanburg, SC (US)

    I worked at Media General full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Health insurance, that's about it!

    Cons

    Companies lack of desire to move forward with the 21st century. Inability to have freedom to be creative with ads as client desires

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Good the bad and the ugly

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    Current Employee - Sales Assistant in Tampa, FL (US)
    Current Employee - Sales Assistant in Tampa, FL (US)

    I have been working at Media General full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The pay is ok, and they have air conditioning inside.

    Cons

    In sales you will be surrounded by snakes, more everyone will smile in your face and then bite you in the ass if you let your guard down. Also It is one of the places that when you start and a assistant then you will stay as one. The only way to move around to something new here is to leave.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Still too many self-interested middle managers counting till retirement. Incapable managers remain.

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    Former Employee - Web Developer in Richmond, VA (US)
    Former Employee - Web Developer in Richmond, VA (US)

    I worked at Media General part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good place to learn for a short time, work on your skills and try to numb yourself to inevitable M.T. Suits which remain after new owners.

    Cons

    Company has such a history of mismanagement and indifference to employees that any manager with 10+ years would have to be removed and that isn't likely. Not a single word from any company rep or source could be trusted. Every encounter with management forced one into a defensive position -management very confrontational. Exhausting micro-management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Until old management has reached their retirement or been ousted, little positive change can occur unless forced upon them by new owners.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    okay to work there

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Media General

    Pros

    good pay and benefits, flexible schedules

    Cons

    not personal, not understanding, not caring

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